Standoff in Penfield Over After 24 Hours

A standoff between a distraught parolee and Monroe County Deputies ended Tuesday afternoon...24 hours after it began.

Chief Deputy Michael Fowler says the man who held deputies at bay in a house on Route 250 in Penfield was Benjamin Smith, 51, a man with a long criminal record. In addition to losing his parole status, he says Smith will face a number of charges.

Deputies tried to talk Smith down during the night until losing contact with him early this morning. Fowler says they got it back at mid-morning and finally convinced Smith to come out peacefully this afternoon. He says the gradually convinced Smith that he was running out of options and he finally surrendered.

Fowler says this was a dangerous situation, and he credits both deputies and the Office of Mental Health staff with helping get a peaceful resolution.

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